Huawei has announced several new devices at MWC 2013, Barcelona that comprises a new flagship smart phone and a large phone-tablet device. Firstly its current Huawei Ascend P1 is now replaced with a newer Ascend P2 that comes with a larger 4.7″ screen. quad-core processor and with LTE connectivity.
Riding the trend of larger phone-tablet hybrids, they have also introduced the new Ascend Mate which they claim to be the largest screen ever for a smart phone at 6.1″. The claim of largest is rather debatable as there are devices up to 8″ display with calling features. Last but not least, we have also taken a quick look at Huawei’s mid-range Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W1 as well.
So far there’s no word on availability in Malaysia currently but you can expect Huawei to price them competitively against its rival models. Read more on the devices accompanied with photos and videos after the break.
It seems that it doesn’t take much to render a smartphone useless. A clumsy drop, an unfortunate slip, or just being in the wrong pocket at the wrong time reduce you to tears at the sight of shattered glass and an expensive smartphone reduced to nothing more than a paperweight.
That may be the case if it were any other phone but it seems that Nokia Lumia 920 is as tough as nails. Check out the videos we have for you after the jump and watch in awe at the amount of ridiculous abuse the Lumia 920 making you wonder what does it take to actually break the damn phone.
Sure, the videos are not new but seeing the Lumia 920 hold up to such mistreatment never gets old.
If you’re looking for a smartphone under RM1,000 and enjoy going off the beaten path then this gem of a Windows Phone might be something you want to consider.
The Lumia 620 is Nokia’s definition of value for money. Featuring a 3.8-inch 800×480 (246ppi) ClearBlack display and an interchangeable back cover that comes in seven colours, the entry-level Lumia packs a 1GHz dual-core Krait processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. In addition, there’s a microSD card slot to expand capacity all the way to 64GB if you need it.There’s also NFC support if that tickles your fancy and a 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording and a VGA camera completes the package.
Admittedly, the specs are nothing to shout about and there’s no LTE support but for RM799, the Lumia 620, which runs Windows Phone 8, is a worthwhile alternative if you’re not looking for a cheap Android phone.
The Nokia 620 goes on sale this Friday.
Sidenote: The HTC Windows Phone 8S packs virtually identical hardware as the Lumia 620 — the screen on the HTC is slightly larger at 4-inches and it has half the onboard storage of the Lumia — but we have not seen HTC really push the device here in Malaysia. If you can find one, it’s worth a look but we’re not sure if it can match the Nokia for value.
There wasn’t much to show for in the Windows Phone camp at CES 2013 and the devices that did make an appearance were rather drab like Ascend W1 — Huawei’s first attempt at making a Windows Phone device.
On the outside the Ascend W1 looks very much like most other Windows Phone we’ve seen in the market with no real distinction or difference. Featuring a 4-inch LCD display with a rather low resolution of just 480×800 pixels (a paltry 233 ppi), the Ascend W1 is powered by 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 CPU mated to 512MB of RAM. There’s 4GB of onboard storage that can be augmented thanks to a microSD expansion slot. There’s also a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera with 720p video recording playback. Completing the list of so-so specs, is a 1950mAh battery and no LTE support.
Let’s not mince words: in terms of hardware, Huawei has launched an utterly boring device. This forms an interesting contrast against Huawei’s head of consumer electronics Richard Yu’s comments, elsewhere at CES, about a dearth of innovation in the smartphone arena. Much greater hardware offerings for Windows Phone 8 are already being offered by Samsung, Nokia, and HTC.
The W1 nevertheless provides consumers with another simple and elegant device for Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Support for Internet Explorer 10 and Mobile Office 365 is included, and consumers should be able to easily access Microsoft’s vast ecosystem of useful and exciting software applications but we’re not sure if that’s enough to make you want to get this phone.
No information has been released about this phone’s RRP or date of availability in Malaysia. We don’t think the Ascend W1 be making the trip here. Anyway, enjoy the Ascend W1 prmo video after the jump. It has a catchy tune.
For a lot of people, camera performance is a key differentiator when it comes to choosing a smartphone. And today’s top of the line devices are among the most accomplished digital shooters ever incorporated into a phone. Yes, cameras in smartphones are getting better and better but which one is the best out there?
This post is not going to answer that question but if wondering between the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 which one records the best video and audio at a concert, then this might help you make a choice.
The video recording compares the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 side by side. It’s an interesting comparison and its surprising to see how much better one is over the other at a concert.
Windows Phone 8 devices are trickling into Malaysia with the recent appearance of the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 920. If you’re looking for something bigger, the yet to be made available Samsung ATIV S could be your cup of tea.
Seen as a WP8 cousin of the Galaxy S III, the ATIV S comes with a mammoth 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display, removable 2,300mAh battery and an option to expand storage via microSD.
Unlike its Galaxy S III relative, the ATIV S comes in a aluminium-like design and finish and comes with a dedicated camera button as well. Compared to the rest, the ATIV S is the thinnest among the Windows Phone 8 offering at only 8.7mm.
While waiting for it to be rolled out, Samsung has released their official hands-on video of the ATIV S highlighting the design, UI, social capabilities as well as camera function.
Head after the break for the hands-on videos.
DiGi was first to tease us about the Nokia dynamic duo and now it is the first operator to start taking pre-orders for both Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. The Lumia 920 retails for RM1,999 but DiGi is taking RM900 off the list price if you sign up for a 24-month contract on the DG Smart Plan 88.
The Nokia 820 — retailing for RM1,599 — is available from DiGi for a ringgit under RM700 on a 24-month contract with DG Smart Plan 88. Currently, both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are only available in black or white from DiGi. Full bundled pricing as follows:
Nokia Lumia 920
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM1,599
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM1,499
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM1,499
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM1,299
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM1,399
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM1,099
Nokia Lumia 820
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM1,249
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM1,099
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM1,149
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM899
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM1,049
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM699
Nokia stores and other authorised Nokia retailers will also take pre-orders for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 starting today. Nokia says, the device will be in stores on December 21. Nokia has also confirmed that Celcom will be offering plans for the two newest Lumia smartphones but did not reveal any details. Guess we’ll have to wait until Celcom puts out the word then.
For details on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 from DiGi, click here.
Thanks to everyone for alerting us on this.
The anticipated Nokia Lumia 920 & Lumia 820 is now officially announced for Malaysia with Nokia accepting pre-orders tomorrow onward. Both models will be available officially on the 21st December which is the following Friday after the iPhone 5‘s official release. The Lumia 920 and 820 are priced at RM1,999 and 1,599 respectively, as reported earlier by LowYat.Net.
Yesterday evening, DiGi has started teasing that they would be offering both devices on contract. Apart from them, Celcom too is expected to offer the device on contract bundling as well.
To refresh on the hardware specs, both Lumia 920 and 820 are running on a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system. What sets them apart is that the Lumia 920 comes with a larger 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ screen, a better 8.7MP PureView camera and a larger 32GB on board storage.
The Lumia 820 in the other hand comes with a smaller 4.3″ screen that does 800×480 pixels resolution, 8MP Camera and 8GB of storage which is can be expanded with microSD. With the high speed 4G LTE expected to make its debut in Malaysia soon, you’ll be pleased to know that both Lumia 920 and 820 devices support LTE 2600MHz band which will be used by our telcos.
Nokia’s latest Windows Phone 8 devices – Lumia 920 and 820 is coming soon to Malaysia. DiGi will be one of the telcos offering it on contract and this was revealed with its teaser graphic on its website today. There’s no official availability dates and pricing at the moment but Lowyat.Net has recently mentioned that the Lumia 920 and 820 is expected to be priced at RM1,999 and RM1,599 respectively.
To recap on the specs, the flagship Lumia 920 comes with 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ display that pushes 1280×768 pixels resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and a generous 32GB of storage. One of its key highlight is the 8.7MP PureView Camera which comes with floating lens image stabiliser. The smaller Lumia 820 is a mid-spec device with a 4.3″ display that pushes 800×480 pixels, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage which is expandable with microSD.
So far HTC is the only prominent Windows Phone player with its Windows Phone 8X. It was made available recently in a rather quiet fashion with U Mobile as the only telco offering it on contract right now. The next formidable rival would be the Samsung Ativ S which is likely to be released here next year.
Thanks to Tedday for the tip in the comments!
If you’re eyeing for HTC’s Windows Phone 8X, U Mobile now offers the device on contract from as low as RM1,059. Retailing at RM1,799, the 8X is bundled on U28 (1GB), U58 (2GB) and U88 (3GB) with 24 months contract.
During sign up, there’s an upfront payment between RM84-RM528 depending on which plan you’re taking. From U Mobile’s website, only Blue colour is being offered currently. Head over to U Mobile’s 8X page for more details on the bundling.
If you’re looking for one without contract, local retailer IPMart is offering the black colour Windows Phone 8X for as low as RM1,599. According to the product description, this is the official stock with 1 year HTC Warranty.
To recap on the specs, the HTC Windows Phone 8X runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM with a 4.3″ Super LCD2 screen that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution. On-board, it has 16GB of storage and a 1,800mAh battery which is non-removable. There’s a 8MP camera at the back and a front facing 2.1MP camera.
Head after the break for the HTC Windows Phone 8X promo video.